Turkey detains about 6,000 linked to failed coup

July 17, 2016 10:39 AM

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ISTANBUL — A sweeping campaign to arrest renegade military officers, soldiers and other suspects linked to a failed coup plot in Turkey showed signs on Sunday of turning into a nationwide crackdown against opponents of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government. The country’s justice minister confirmed that as many as 6,000 people, ranging from commanders to civil servants, have been detained over the incident.

Authorities early Sunday detained more than 50 senior army officers in connection with the attempted putsch that began late Friday and was swiftly quelled by supporters of the Turkish leader, the country’s Anadolu news agency reported.

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